Titles in The Mead-Westvaco American Classics Series (aka: The Westvaco Christmas Classics)
Arranged by date of publication.


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  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand The Four Million by O'Henry [William Sydney Porter], Limited Edition Published by Westvaco Corporation in n.p.: 1960. Fine in 1/4 red leather and printed paper covered boards with illustrated end sheets and with the top edge of the text block stained red. Without a dust jacket as issued; and, without its issued paper covered slip case. A collection of 12 short stories by O. Henry. The scarce, Christmas 1960 issue by Westvaco which is the third volume in Westvaco's annual American Classic series. 260 pages of text illustrated with with two color frontispieces.
    TB24899  $100.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand The Prairie Traveler A Handbook For Overland Expeditions by Randolph B. Marcy, Limited Edition Published by Westvaco Corporation in n.p.: 1961. Fine in 1/4 decorated black leather and printed paper covered boards with bold gilt text on the spine with embossed decorations, map end sheets and with the top edge of the text block stained light yellow. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is contained within a fine, paper covered slip case. Laid-in at the front of the book is a presentation card signed by an officer of Westvaco. 220 pages of text illustrated with line drawings. Originally published by Harper & Bros. in 1859 "as a manual and guide for the tenderfoot undertaking overland treks through the untamed West." (from the book's foreword) The Christmas 1961 issue by Westvaco which is the forth volume in Westvaco's annual American Classic series. 260 pages of text illustrated with with two color frontispieces.
    TB26437  $125.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Limited Edition Published by Westvaco Corporation in n.p.: 1965. Fine in 1/4 green cloth and printed paper covered boards with illustrated paper end sheets with light staining to the front and rear boards. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is contained within a near fine, illustrated paper covered slip case. The Christmas 1965 issue by Westvaco which is the 8th volume in Westvaco's annual American Classic series. 325 pages of text illustrated with line drawings and decorations.
    TB25865  $60.00


  • The Red Badge of Courage An Episode of the American Civil War by Stephen Crane, Limited Edition Published by Westvaco, West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company in n. p.: 1968. Fine in full black, pebbled leather covered boards with gilt text on the spine, blind embossing on the front board and decorated end sheets. It is important to note that a circular hole 7/16" (the same as a .45 caliber bullet) in diameter has been drilled through the front board and the first 190 pages of text. This hole does not effect any of the printed text as it is placed in the lower margin of each page. This hole was deliberately produced by the publisher and printer to provide a more realistic appearance for the book. Splashes of "blood" appear on many pages throughout the entire text. As a result of this treatment this volume has since been dubbed the "Red Badge of Courage with the bullet hole". Without a dust jacket as issued; and, missing its paper covered slip case. Part of the preface to the book is a facsimile reprint of the illustrations which appeared in the Rules for the Management and Cleaning of the Rifle Musket, Model 1863 for The Use of Soldiers with Descriptive Plates. These plates provide a detailed perspective of the hardware and mechanics for this rifle which was standard issue to troops in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. 203 pages of text with illustrations as aforementioned. The Westvaco Christmas release of 1968 which was the 11th volume in the series. An extremely unusual and highly prized volume in the Westvaco collection of Christmas classics.
    TB25308  $100.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand A Brief Description of New York Formerly Called New-Netherland by Daniel Denton, Limited Edition Published by Westvaco in No city stated: 1973. Fine in embossed black cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine, a blind embossed "1670" on the front board and decorated end sheets. With a prior owner's name and date written on the second free end page. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is contained within a near fine, decorated paper covered slip case. Originally published in 1670 in England based on the author's narrative of his settlement in Jamaica, Queens in 1644. The 16th volume in Westvaco's American Classic series.
    TB23468  $40.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand Daisy Miller by Henry James, LimitedEdition Published by Westvaco Corporation in n.p.: 1974. Fine in ivory cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine, the title in raised embossing on the front board and with illustrated end sheets. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is contained with-in a near fine cloth covered slip case with a gilt decoration on one panel. Laid-in at the front of the book is a gift presentation card from Westvaco. The Christmas 1974 issue by Westvaco which is the 17th volume in their series of American Classics. 130 numbered pages of text. Illustrated with reproductions of earlier works of art by James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent.
    TB23470  $35.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand Letters from an American Farmer by J. Hector de Crevecoeur, LimitedEdition Published by Westvaco Corporation in n.p.: 1976. Fine in green cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine, illustrated end sheets. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is contained with-in a near fine illustrated paper covered slip case with a dime sized spot on one panel. Attached to the front paste down is a presentation card signed by an officer of Westvaco with a prior owner's name written out on the slip. Originally published in 1782 in England and republished 11 years later in Philadelphia. The Christmas 1976 issue by Westvaco which is the 19th volume in Westvaco's annual American Classic series. 272 pages of text.
    TB23681  $35.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand Decorum by [Author Unknown], Limited Edition Published by Westvaco Corporation in n.p.: 1979. Fine in bright orange cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine, illustrated end sheets. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is contained with-in a fine illustrated paper covered slip case. "A practical treatise on Etiquette & Dress of the Best American Society 1879". The Christmas 1979 issue by Westvaco which is the 22nd volume in their series of American Classics. 308 pages of text illustrated from images taken from Hill's Manual of Business and Social Forms.
    TB25199  $40.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand An Anthology of American Classics Selections From Twenty-Four Volumes by Various Authors, Limited Edition Published by Westvaco in No city stated: 1982. Fine in decorated black cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine, blind embossed stars on the front board and illustrated end sheets. Without a dust jacket; however, the book is contained within a fine illustrated paper covered slip case. Laid-in is a gift card signed by two Westvaco employees. "A quarter of a century of limited editions published for friends of Westvaco at Christmastime 1958-1982." The Christmas 1982 issue by Westvaco which is the 25th volume in Westvaco's annual American Classic series. 343 pages of text with illustrations from the original volumes throughout.
    TB22898  $40.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand America: An Affirmation of Faith by Various Authors, Limited Edition Published by Westvaco Corporation in n.p.: 1984. Fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and with blind embossed military medals on the front board with a blue silk placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is contained within a fine paper covered slip case. Laid-in is a presentation slip signed by two officers of Westvaco. 286 pages of text and illustrated by four color plates by Norman Rockwell. The Christmas 1984 issue by Westvaco which is the 27th volume in Westvaco's annual American Classic series.
    TB23091  $30.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand Chapters by James Fenimore Cooper, Limited Edition Published by Westvaco Corporation in n.p.: 1986. Fine in dark green cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine with illustrated end sheets and a light green placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is contained within a fine illustrated, paper covered slip case. A collection of 21 short stories by James Fennimore Cooper. The Christmas 1986 issue by Westvaco which is the 29th volume in Westvaco's annual American Classic series. 260 pages of text illustrated with with two color frontispieces.
    TB22691  $40.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand Excellence by Various Authors, Limited Edition Published by Westvaco Corporation in n.p.: 1988. Fine in charcoal gray cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine, an embossed seal on the front board and with illustrated end sheets and a red placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is contained within a fine paper covered slip case. Laid-in is a presentation card signed by an officer of Westvaco. A collection of 100 quotes and quotations from notable Americans. The Christmas 1988 issue by Westvaco which is the 31st volume in Westvaco's annual American Classic series. 260 pages of text illustrated with with two color frontispieces.
    TB23446  $35.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand Complete Manual for Young Sportsmen by Frank Forester, Limited Edition Published by Westvaco in n.p.: 1993. Fine in full gray-green buckram cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine and with decorated end sheets. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is within a near fine paper covered slip case with the very front edge of the opening side faded. 277 pages of text followed by a listing of the Westvaco's American Classics Series. With a forward by H. Lea Lawrence. Illustrated with steel engravings by Frank Forester and John Bumstead throughout. The 36th volume in Westvaco's American Classics series.
    TB23215  $30.00


  • The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, LimitedEdition Published by Westvaco Corporation in n.p.: 1995. Fine in black, leather like, cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine, illustrated end sheets and a red, silk placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is contained with-in a fine illustrated paper covered slip case. "A selection from the original 85 papers published in 1787 and 1788". The Christmas 1995 issue by Westvaco which is the 38th volume in their series of American Classics. 261 numbered pages of text.
    TB23713  $40.00


  • A Treasury of American Humor by Various Authors, LimitedEdition Published by Westvaco Corporation in n.p.: 1996. Fine in light gray cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine, illustrated end sheets and a maroon, silk placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is contained with-in a near fine illustrated paper covered slip case with a minor dent at the upper edge of the opening. A collection of short stories, prose and poetry by ten famous American humorists. The Christmas 1996 issue by Westvaco which is the 39th volume in their series of American Classics. 261 numbered pages of text.
    TB24213  $35.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes, Limited Edition Published by Westvaco in n. p. (no city stated): 1997. Fine in 1/4 black cloth and illustrated paper covered boards with gilt text on the spine with a yellow silk placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine and with decorated end sheets. Without a dust jacket as issued; however in a fine paper and black cloth covered slip case. Laid-in is a special presentation slip to the prior owner from a Westvaco employee. 326 pages of text followed by a list of books published in this series. The Westvaco Christmas release of 1997 which is the 40th volume in Westvaco's annual American Classic series.
    TB24218  $35.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand Democracy In America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Limited Edition Published by Westvaco in n. p. (no city stated): 1999. Near fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and a stamped gilt Fleur-de-les on the front and rear boards and with a red silk placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine. The rear board has two rents to the cloth of about 1/3" each. Without a dust jacket as issued; however in a fine paper covered slip case with bumps to the enclosed corners. Laid-in is a special presentation card from several Westvaco employees to the prior owner. 297 pages of text. The Westvaco Christmas release of 1999 which is the 42nd volume in Westvaco's annual American Classic series.
    TB24214  $35.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand O'Pioneers! by Willa Cather, Limited Edition Published by Westvaco in n.p.: 2000. Fine in dark green cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and with illustrated end papers and a dark blue placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine. Without a dust jacket; but, contained in a fine illustrated paper covered slip case. Laid-in is a presentation slip signed by an officer of Westvaco. The 2000 edition of the Westvaco American Classic Series making it the 43rd volume in their series. Originally published in 1913. 262 pages of text.
    TB23100  $40.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand A Silk Road Journey II A Passage To India with Intriguing India by E. M. Forster, Limited Edition Published by Westvaco Corporation in n.p.: 2006. A two volume set both of which are in fine condition. The principal volume, by Forster, in in bright red cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and decorated end sheets. The second volume is in green paper covered boards with black text on the spine and gilt and black text on the front board. It contains two CD's of music from India by Rasa Music. with illustrated end sheets and a light green placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine. Both are without dust jackets as issued; however, the set is contained within a fine highly gilt decorated, yellow cloth covered clamshell slipcase. The principal volume contains Forster's A Passage To India with 310 pages. The secondary volume contains two CDs. The Christmas 2006 issue by Westvaco which is the 49th volume in Westvaco's annual American Classic series.
    TB25982  $125.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expand 50 Authors : 50 Classics A MeadWestvaco Anthology by Various Authors, Limited Edition Published by Westvaco Corporation in n.p.: 2007. A two book set both volumes of which are in fine condition within a near fine paper covered clamshell box with a minor split at the lower, fore corner of the box. The primary volume in this set is in bright red cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and blind embossing on the front and rear boards. The end sheets are illustrated paper. The second volume is printed heavy red paper wraps over an adhesive binding. Both are octavos measuring 9" by 5 1/2". The Christmas 2007 issue by MeadWestvaco which is the 50th and last volume in Westvaco's` annual American Classic series. 478 pages of text in the primary volume which contains short sections from the 49 previous limited edition volumes. The smaller, secondary volume contains (40) pages which is a compilation of color photographs of each of the 50 volumes and a summary of the bibliographic features of each volume in the series.
    TB25979  $125.00




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